Bodrum Gulf Of Gokova

Destination : Bodrum Duration : 7 Nights Departs From : Bodrum Port

Bodrum Gulet Cruise 7 Nights Bodrum Gulet Cruise Itinerary


Bodrum has a history that goes back to the 12 th century B.C. The city which was called ‘Halicarnassus’ was the birthplace of Herodotus; the ‘Father of History’ who lived in the 5th century B.C. The ‘Mausoleum’ of King Mausolus (350 B.C.) which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World is in this city. The only structure that survived from the Classical Era is the Amphitheatre. Another place that you should visit when you arrive in Bodrum is the landmark of the city ‘Castle of Saint Peter’. It is one of the best preserved piece of work whose history goes back to the Middle Ages. Bodrum Harbour is 20 minutes from Bodrum- Milas (BJV) International Airport. Besides its wealth of history, Bodrum is also famous for its nature,crystal and clean beaches and nightlife.



While its name is black, Karaada is in fact a green land. The peak on the island, 400 meters above the sea level, is covered with pine trees. There are no sheltered coves on the northern shores of the island. A cave on the island has a spring of healing hot water and mud and iis a popular stop of the Blue Cruises and daily trips. The gulets anchor in front of the cave.


Orak Island

Orak Island is a location where yachts and boats on Gokova tours do not pass without stopping. The island stretches opposite of Kargicik Inlet and has indented shores covered with olive trees in the lower slopes of the hills. There is no settlement on the island but there are sheltered coves that you can anchor at in the North and in the east the sea that is like an aquarium.


Buyuk Cati Bay (The Big Roof Cove)

At the mouth of the cove there is a small island that has a single tree on it. Buyuk Cati is quite impressive with its coves and its main port. In some parts of the coves there are sandy beaches and pine trees everywhere. The sea is clear and clean. In the main port area there is drinking water available. By travelling 1.5 kilometers along a dirt track you can get to Marmaris-Datca road. It is 35 kilometres to Marmaris and 45 kilometres to Datca. From the same dirt road you can also get to the coves of Ballicak and Boynuzlu. For the ones who wish to walk on the path between the coves there is another path leading you to the eastern part of the entrance of the coves where there is a small cove that has shallow waters. In this cove, centuries old pine trees and the liquid amber orientalis reach up to the sky. Two springs meet to form a pool and then flow to the sea together as a tiny stream. The small lake is like a private swimming pool. The cove has a different beauty in the evenings. There will be no one else than you in the lake like cove, except for maybe another boat or two. And if you have a moon light at night your pleasure will be complete.


Kucuk Cati Bay (The Small Roof Cove)

To the east of Buyuk Cati, between the larger coves, there is a small cove that has clear water, sand on the bottom and forests surrounding it. Although it is not suitable for anchoring, you may get there by a small boat for swimming. Both sides of the coves are steep and have maquis. The cove goes inland for 400 meters to the east. On the western side of the cove there is an ideal point for anchoring, though there is only space for two boats here. The sea bottom is sand, the water is clear and is surrounded by pine and liquid amber orientalis trees. There are some other coves at Kucuk Cati. In one of them, behind the gravel stone beach, under the liquid amber orientalis you find a sweet water lake. Its water is there for your refreshment and bathing. The path coming from Buyuk Cati reaches here and then leads all the way to up the Cove of Balikasiran. If you follow this path at every turn you would see another cove. It is a wonderful walking area.



Bordubet Cove is one of the incomparable beauties of the Gulf of Gokova. There is only one Hotel and camping place in the area. These facilites are run by people that take great care of the environment. The cove and the area are under a first degree natural protection order and all types of construction work is banned. A stream enters the cove and boats can go a short way up it, while small gulet boats can go deep into the waterway. It is a natural port and a secure shelter in storms. The area around is forest and if you want to walk get onto one of the paths where you can only hear the sound of birds.


The Seven Islands (Yedi Adalar)

On the southern shores of the Gokova Gulf there is an area that has four islands in front and where a gulf of more then two miles is formed between the coastlines. In all weathers between these islands and coves there is a calm site you can anchor. The island of Martili (Seagull Island) in the west is barren. On its southern part and northern point there are beautiful beaches at which to swim. The other islands are called Uzun (Tall), Zeytinli (Olive) and Kucuk (Small). All have steep and rocky coastlines where there are no beaches. The islands are mostly barren but in the cove areas there are pine forests. The most significant anchoring points in the Yediadalar are Camalti Cove, the port of Bekar (Gokagac Inlet), the port of Karaagac, Babus Inlet, Kufre Cove and Gollu Island. The Camalti Beach and the sea bottom are sandy. The shores are covered with forests. The port of Bekar is like a pool with a diameter of 150 metres. The gulets cannot enter and yachts only go there rarely. The most popular cove for gulet yachts in the area is Kufre. All the coves are linked to each other with dirt paths. There is a shabby restaurant called Yedi Adalar that serves gulets at the mouth of Kufre. Right opposite Kufre there is the Gollu Island, which is ideal to moor and for swimming.


Longoz & Kargilibuk

This is one of the most beautiful coves of Gokova. The right-angled cove consists of tree covered hills sloping to the shores, running inland for 800 metres. As it is sheltered from the wind it is a popular site for yachts to stopover for night or for a break. The cove was not much affected by a recent fire. However, even in areas that were badly burned, nature is rapidly coming back to life again. There are walking paths from the cove, including the Bordubet foret path that comes from Malderesi Stream goes through Longoz.


Karaca Sogut

The cove of Sogut (Willows) is a round port with a diameter of 800 meters. In the middle of the cove there is a T shaped quay. Water and power services can be provided to visiting gulets. Karacasogut is surrounded by pine trees, and is the closest point to Marmaris with only 12 km far . You may chose to go off for the day in town or book an interesting tour to the city. The village of Sogut is in a fertile valley and there are greenhouses and bee keeping. The area is able to walk in the forest path. Those following the path leading to Okluk on the hill on the western point of the cove will see the remains of an old castle. The scenery is impressive.


English Harbour (Ingiliz Limani)

This is a port where no weather can affect its calm. Until the 1970s it was a cove where there were thick pine trees coming all the way down to the waterside. This played a role in its being named the British Port. In World War Two a few British warships sought refuge here. At night they would leave and attack the German held islands and enemy ships and return to the cove to hide. During the day, the crews would cover the ships with branches so that they were not noticeable. The region was badly affected by fires in1970 but pines have begun growing again.


Okluk Cove (Okluk Koyu)

This region became famous after the late President Turgut Ozal built a presidential summerhouse here. The pine quay where the building is located is between the coves of Okluk and Malderesi. The southern part of Okluk Cove is flat with its gardens. The cove has a quay. Those who do not want to tie up the quay can anchor in a quiet cove and moor their boat to a tree. The region is linking to Marmaris by a 25 kilometre long road, two kilometres of which is a dirt track. There are very beautiful walking routes that go all round the bay.

A REMINDER: The yachts and boats are not allowed to get close to the Presidential Summerhouse and Malderesi Cove.

At the entrance to Okluk Cove you will be surprised to see a statue of a mermaid on the rocks. This monument is a gift from the owner of the boat Kismet, Sadun Bora, who travelled all over the seas around the world. The statue is his gift to Okluk and Gokova where he comes to anchor after every one of his voyages. The sculptor of the statue is Tanku Oktem and the inscription by Sadun Bora reads: “The mermaid, in order to realize her dream, has travelled over so huge a sea, crossed the horizons. She went through continents, islands and coves until she got to GOKOVA”


Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island)

Sedir Island is in the Gökova Gulf and is so named because of the numerous cedar trees on the surrounding shores. Kedrai means ‘cedars’, and the durable wood from these trees was particularly used for building ships.

The island has a sandy beach made up of tiny limestone balls, thought to be a natural result of the geological conditions on the island. However, the beautiful sand was reputedly sent by ship from Egypt by Cleopatra, so that she could swim here with her Roman lover, Anthony. Because of this legend, the beach is known as Cleopatra Beach and receives many visitors in the summer months.

We don’t know exactly when the city was founded but we know that Lysander, a naval commander from Sparta, attacked the island in 405 BC, first withdrawing when he met strong resistance, then gaining control of the island with a second assault. Probably because they had angered him, he sold off all the inhabitants as slaves. However, after this the island was inhabited continuously and, after being a guard post of the Knights of Rhodes in the Middle Ages, came under Ottoman rule.

The island is about 700 meters long and the archaeological remains are on the east side. They consist of ramparts, an amphitheatre, an agora, a necropolis and a temple of Apollo which is almost exactly in the centre of the island. This temple was built on a platform and a church was built around it in Byzantine times.


Cokertme - Mazi


Cokertme is a small and picturesque fishing town, that gives you to have a dinner and an overnight stay. This gorgeous bay is surrounded by pine and olive trees and is pleasantly sheltered against the winds. The area allows you to walk on shore and make small strolls in the nature.


Mazi is a virgin cove just near Bodrum with extremely clean water. It has not yet been opened up to construction, has a very green character, with monumental trees and stones. The village of Mazi on Gokova shores was built on higher grounds so as to not to be seen by pirates and thus avoid their attacks. The shores of Mazi do not get crowded even in the hottest summer days. Its long beaches and rocks are available both for swimming and fishing.


Pabucburnu - Yaliciftlik

Yaliciftlik is at the entrance of the Gulf of Gokova and possibly the best seas of Bodrum are in the small bays to be found here. In the coves of Pabucburnu and Kargicik, the most popular with Bodrum locals in the past, there are now high quality hotels and holiday resorts. The daily boat and gulet tours find an indent in these coves to have their breaks. The hill sloping down to the coves have many walking trails that have a brilliant scenery.


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